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Title: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on November 30, 2016, 09:27:47 AM
My blog is on facebook, but you should be able to read it without being on facebook yourself here (https://www.facebook.com/Andy-Leslies-Blog-968283289889339/). It's sometimes musical, most times not.

The latest blog (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/posts/1291700094214322) is entitled "Nineteen Forever" and deals with the Joe Jackson song and its relevance to the death of a friend.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on October 26, 2017, 11:10:51 AM
Today's Blog (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/photos/a.982690115115323.1073741827.968283289889339/1622098237841171/?type=3) deals with memories of selling Poppies door-to-door in the 1960s, bonfires, fireworks and moist, smoke-filled Autumn evenings.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: YaBB Master (Colin) on October 26, 2017, 11:15:44 PM

Today's Blog (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/photos/a.982690115115323.1073741827.968283289889339/1622098237841171/?type=3) deals with memories of selling Poppies, door-to-door in the 1960s, bonfires, fireworks and moist, smoke-filled Autumn evenings.


Similar experience. My step-father was Canadian and flew on bombers (wireless operator/navigator) he would never 'Wear a Poppy with Pride'. They did terrible things, but that's what it took to defeat an evil.

My mother was one off those women down a bunker commanding fighters out to attack incoming, my father was an air-force engineer mostly working on secret stuff in South Africa. Both would donate to the British Legion, but would not wear a Poppy. To much jingoism.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: davidmjs on October 27, 2017, 08:20:05 AM
Very similar experience here too.  My Dad was very badly wounded in Kohima (and effectively died from his wounds in 1987).  He was as far from jingoistic about poppy wearing as it was possible to be...in fact he resented people wearing them as 'they didn't understand what they were talking about'.  He too had issues with the British Legion.  As a very conservative (and Conservative) bloke, I was always intrigued by this reaction.

What the whole campaign has turned into, and how it is used politically, is a total anathema to the original conception behind it.

You're absolutely right about the whole campaign lasting about a week too.  


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on October 27, 2017, 09:01:18 AM
When did the "minute's silence" become two? It's been mooted that it may become three minutes - which I just don't understand.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: davidmjs on October 27, 2017, 09:21:02 AM

When did the "minute's silence" become two? It's been mooted that it may become three minutes - which I just don't understand.


How about 20 minute's ecstatic applause?  The whole thing's laughable.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Jim on October 27, 2017, 09:22:04 AM

When did the "minute's silence" become two? It's been mooted that it may become three minutes - which I just don't understand.



Its the "one more" culture, it shows everyone just how deeply you really, really care. I noticed the poppies were starting to appear on TV yesterday, obviously the earlier you sport your support for our heroes matters as well now. The poppy cultists are about to have their yearly frenzy.
  


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Tasha on October 27, 2017, 10:11:29 AM
 Andy your last sentence sums up exactly how i feel and what i do! "As he felt so strongly, I've usually honoured his memory and not adorned myself or my car with poppies, but, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day, I pause and remember those that gave their lives in both world wars so that we can be free."

I particularly remember my Grandfather who was killed at the age of 21 when his  submarine was torpedoed 15th October 1940 - the only British submarine to be sunk by the Italians. My mum was 2 years old  :-\


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on October 27, 2017, 02:50:57 PM
My paternal grandfather died at Paschendale 8 months before my father's birth.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: GubGub (Al) on October 27, 2017, 03:18:25 PM
Interesting discussion,

It does seem as though the poppy campaign has been misappropriated in recent years to imply support for our 21st century military misadventures and I have a problem with that.

However, that was not the original intent, which was an act of remembrance for those who had lost their lives in the conflicts of the 20th century and who mostly had no choice other than to participate. My own father, who is thankfully still with us, was a flyer, a radio operator in the RAF during World War 2. His uncle, after whom he was named, died in battle in the closing weeks of World War 1 and has no grave. My Dad wears a poppy, not with pride but with humility and remembrance and I try to follow his lead.  


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Shankly (Peter) on October 27, 2017, 04:07:33 PM

Interesting discussion,

It does seem as though the poppy campaign has been misappropriated in recent years to imply support for our 21st century military misadventures and I have a problem with that.

However, that was not the original intent, which was an act of remembrance for those who had lost their lives in the conflicts of the 20th century and who mostly had no choice other than to participate. My own father, who is thankfully still with us, was a flyer, a radio operator in the RAF during World War 2. His uncle, after whom he was named, died in battle in the closing weeks of World War 1 and has no grave. My Dad wears a poppy, not with pride but with humility and remembrance and I try to follow his lead.  


I'd agree with this - I have no direct link to either war - my father was just too young for WW2 and my Grandad was too young for WW1 - my other grandfather fought in WW1 and survived, but died before I was born. I have, however spent time touring the Somme and the Ypres Salient and wear a poppy to remember those who died in such vast numbers.
 I am a bit uneasy about some of the modern implications and especially the 'shaming' of people who choose not to wear a poppy for whatever reason. I understand why some people prefer not to wear one - after all, those who died fought for freedom, which must include the freedom not to wear a poppy.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: davidmjs on October 27, 2017, 04:39:23 PM

I understand why some people prefer not to wear one - after all, those who died fought for freedom, which must include the freedom not to wear a poppy.


A very salient point.

Whilst wearing a white poppy about 4 or 5 years ago I got called a "terrorist supporting cock" which is an interesting interpretation.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on October 27, 2017, 04:56:17 PM


I understand why some people prefer not to wear one - after all, those who died fought for freedom, which must include the freedom not to wear a poppy.


A very salient point.

Whilst wearing a white poppy about 4 or 5 years ago I got called a "terrorist supporting cock" which is an interesting interpretation.
Completely nonsensical.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: mickf on October 30, 2017, 08:30:46 AM

As a teenager and young man I hated the whole poppy thing as well as the Remembrance Day parades etc, as I was of the opinion that it glorified war. Nowadays I usually wear a poppy as an act of remembrance of those who died in conflict (whatever side they fought on) but I heartily agree with the sentiment that this is another tradition that has been hijacked to suit whatever political agenda is prevalent.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Tasha on October 30, 2017, 08:49:39 AM
its interesting that the British legion page is headed "rethink remembrance" to get people to remember those killed in recent conflicts.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on October 30, 2017, 08:50:15 PM
I think that as time has gone on there is a perhaps unfair perception that chipping in for 'The British Legion' means subsidising cheap lager and Sky Sports in a chain of social clubs.
I take my take on the poppy from my in-lawed SAS Major, Croix-de-Guerre recipient, POW camp- surviving, ex-Marine Grandfather - now sadly taken from us, who had extraordinarily forthright opinions on the whole thing and whose perspective on things was undoubtedly more nuanced than mine.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on October 31, 2017, 04:50:46 PM
Three attempts to sell me Poppies today. Not yet November of course.

I very politely declined.

It's absolutely fine by me if anyone else buys one, I am not making recommendations either way.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on December 24, 2017, 11:39:36 AM
Today's Blog Entry (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/) is about having fun at Christmas and expensive presents being unnecessary to have fun.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Glen S on December 24, 2017, 12:50:59 PM
Nice blog Andy, and I concur with everything you've said there... :)

The lead up to and anticipation of Christmas as a kid in the 70s was very exciting, but it was also quite a frugal time ...

Christmas presents?...Well probably a Beano annual or something similar. an Airfix kit, and a stocking of satsumas, nuts, and a few chocolates...

But we were very happy...(I can feel a Monty Python sketch coming on now)... ::)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Jules Gray on December 24, 2017, 12:54:02 PM

The lead up to and anticipation of Christmas as a kid in the 70s was very exciting, but it was also quite a frugal time ...

Christmas presents?...Well probably a Beano annual or something similar. an Airfix kit, and a stocking of satsumas, nuts, and a few chocolates...


I wish I could say the same, but I was spoiled rotten as a kid and my Christmas joy was fairly well rooted in materialism.

These days I still love the presents part best, but I try to embrace the whole experience more.  I feel better for it.

Jules


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on February 08, 2018, 09:58:39 AM
Today's Blog (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/photos/a.982690115115323.1073741827.968283289889339/1725244700859857/?type=3) is on the subject of SAD (Seasonally Affected Disorder).


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on February 14, 2018, 10:06:13 AM
Today's Blog Entry (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/posts/1731348383582822) is about how I learnt about professional fouls in football and the impact of that on my appreciation of the game.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on February 28, 2018, 11:56:37 AM
Today's blog is entitled "Write Something" and talks about the many things in our lives that 18-year-olds will not remember or know about.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Malcolm on February 28, 2018, 08:26:22 PM
Having a recent clear-out I sold two Parker fountain pens and a Parker propelling pencil (remember them?) on Ebay to a writing implements collector in Hamburg. Funny what folk collect but he was happy and I certainly was  :)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on June 27, 2018, 09:38:48 AM
My latest Blog entry (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/photos/a.982690115115323.1073741827.968283289889339/1876971992353793/?type=3) is about Boris Johnson.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Jules Gray on June 27, 2018, 11:05:05 AM
Great stuff, Andy.  I just posted a link to it on Twitter.

Jules


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Tasha on June 27, 2018, 03:00:51 PM
Bloomin' brilliant Andy! i showed it to my dad who said and i quote "Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. I'm going to put it around as far as I can. Nice to have such a  capable and erudite friend. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: davidmjs on June 27, 2018, 06:54:25 PM
I imagine most of the rest of his family would agree with you too.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on June 28, 2018, 09:45:02 AM
This blog entry seems to have struck a chord with quite a few people. 15 shares and many comments.

Oddly enough, none defending him.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Henry Tompkins (Pete) on June 28, 2018, 06:46:43 PM
Wonderful stuff Andy.
He is a truly despicable, narcissist and also bloated turd too.

Shared too btw. ✅


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on October 19, 2018, 11:37:14 AM
Today's Blog (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/photos/a.982690115115323/2042189012498756/?type=3&theater) is about how little we actually know about William Shakespeare and how we will (mostly) be forever forgotten in a few short years.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: richardkendell on October 19, 2018, 01:12:43 PM

Today's Blog (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/photos/a.982690115115323/2042189012498756/?type=3&theater) is about how little we actually know about William Shakespeare and how we will (mostly) be forever forgotten in a few short years.

It's a small world. My great(x11) grandfather (Michael Hare who was also a glover) knew Shakespeare's father (they sat on the same jury in Stratford in 1586).


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on October 19, 2018, 11:55:49 PM
More is known about John Shakespeare than his son!


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: davidmjs on October 20, 2018, 07:10:37 AM

More is known about John Shakespeare than his son!


You been reading Rory Clements again?   ;) ;D


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: richardkendell on October 20, 2018, 07:13:51 AM

More is known about John Shakespeare than his son!

That comes of having  criminal tendencies. A bit of a rogue by all accounts.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on November 20, 2018, 04:22:42 PM
Today's Blog (https://www.facebook.com/AndyLeslieBlog/photos/a.982690115115323/2088730387844618/?type=3&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCYY-zshl1ysbApEHd_J0sxtkc8eBJH5t56RGQ0T38_fymIpBHB5KaifGHVwfYlQsB9CYDNkevDQAuxRpaXOJkfU84tVfDgMG1XZN_mReCspi-nw8M413PTHRLOuZR7rLqMfIQb5ml8uGN_JJsmSG9BvvmYG9j-ly2VhBFMIUkXI-4npbWSOVYbjcd0UJai9ASmaWpBFaCtzAcVUoI0LmRjZp6LfO1pVjOWCDCOJqc97JOkF26FDkzfC0jrpfnZ57jbDmrykHiLxIKR57KkX6uEJPsqQ9LYmB3mI5W0syFe5JP8ALHE7pJxhIypzifjN6QimmLdwc2nahY_UtmTY98_dw&__tn__=-R) reminisces about sexual blackmail in one of my first office jobs in the 1970s.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on November 29, 2018, 03:26:29 PM
Today's Blog (https://tinyurl.com/y8vrtvch) contrasts and compares the Goveneor of the Bank Of England and the Member of Parliament for North East Somerset.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on December 04, 2018, 10:44:13 AM
Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/y89axys3) is about John Lennon, a brilliant musician with feet of clay who died 38 years ago this week.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Jules Gray on December 04, 2018, 11:20:47 AM

Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/y89axys3) is about John Lennon, a brilliant musician with feet of clay who died 38 years ago this week.


Tough yet mostly fair.  Not sure I'd call 1975 "shortly before he died", but I'm nit-picking.

Jules


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on December 04, 2018, 11:44:27 AM


Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/y89axys3) is about John Lennon, a brilliant musician with feet of clay who died 38 years ago this week.


Tough yet mostly fair.  Not sure I'd call 1975 "shortly before he died", but I'm nit-picking.

Jules
Thanks, corrected.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on January 15, 2019, 10:13:02 AM
Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/yc4o4d35) is about Carnation Evaporated Milk and how it was the taste of my youth.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Malcolm on January 15, 2019, 10:21:32 AM
Good evans, I never knew that it was named after the town of the same name in Washington State, nor that it still existed.

Punch two little holes in the tin and pour it on your brekkie or stewed fruit. Was it healthy, keeping it in the tin like that? Who cares ;D


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: GubGub (Al) on January 15, 2019, 11:37:36 AM

Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/yc4o4d35) is about Carnation Evaporated Milk and how it was the taste of my youth.


My youth too. And I have recently rediscovered it. It is lovely poured over a sponge pudding or a mince pie and delicious in coffee. There was another brand too when I was growing up. It came in a blue and white striped can. Ideal possibly?


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: MarkV on January 15, 2019, 01:46:22 PM
working around army barracks(mainly QE barrack Church Crookham Gurkha camp) for a few years, i was introduced to tea and coffee with evaporated milk. Which combined with my time as a chippy, drinking tea with milk that had been in a warm site sheds for a day or two converted me to black tea and coffee a long time ago..


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on January 15, 2019, 01:49:19 PM


Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/yc4o4d35) is about Carnation Evaporated Milk and how it was the taste of my youth.


My youth too. And I have recently rediscovered it. It is lovely poured over a sponge pudding or a mince pie and delicious in coffee. There was another brand too when I was growing up. It came in a blue and white striped can. Ideal possibly?
Ideal deffo.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Jules Gray on January 15, 2019, 03:09:45 PM
I never did evaporated milk, but I did love tinned sterilized cream.  Preferred it to pasteurised.  Not the same with milk, however.  Steri milk was the devil's work.  We had to apply pressure on Grandma to stop buying it.  And Izal toilet paper.  But I digress.  Tinned steri cream had a certain bite to it that really made a trifle sing.

Jules


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Jim on January 15, 2019, 03:37:16 PM
Ideal and carnation are the very essence of sunday dinner, poured over pear halves or fruit salad, both out of tins of course.
Luckily we never had stera because we had a fridge but many pals houses weere stera homes and i couldnt stand the taste, but my pal Steve, till his dying day, preferred stera to ordinary milk. :-X :-X :-X


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on January 30, 2019, 10:38:08 PM
Today's Blog (https://tinyurl.com/yc378puc) is about the extreme cold being felt in the US at the moment and my experience of running with Hash House Harriers in Rockport, Mass. in -30C.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: GubGub (Al) on January 30, 2019, 10:55:45 PM
I think I may have been to Rockport. Is it a short drive up the coast from Gloucester? If it is the place I am thinking of it was a dry town. We didn't stay long.  ;)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on January 31, 2019, 06:28:37 AM
It's on the coast, north of Boston, and that's all I recall.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: GubGub (Al) on January 31, 2019, 09:36:30 AM

It's on the coast, north of Boston, and that's all I recall.


I just had a look on a map. It is indeed where I was thinking of. I spent a few days in Gloucester just after they finished filming The Perfect Storm there. It is the location where the events in the book actually took place. I had one of the best days of my life there, whale watching about two hours off the coast.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on February 16, 2019, 10:16:08 PM
Today's Blog is entitled I'm Mad As Hell... (https://tinyurl.com/y2vcch4j)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Tasha on February 18, 2019, 12:05:41 PM

Today's Blog is entitled I'm Mad As Hell... (https://tinyurl.com/y2vcch4j)


Hear hear


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Jules Gray on February 18, 2019, 04:37:24 PM

Today's Blog is entitled I'm Mad As Hell... (https://tinyurl.com/y2vcch4j)


Are you allowed to edit on Facebook?  "Don't say he Liberal Democrats"

Jules


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on February 18, 2019, 06:39:49 PM


Today's Blog is entitled I'm Mad As Hell... (https://tinyurl.com/y2vcch4j)


Are you allowed to edit on Facebook?  "Don't say he Liberal Democrats"

Jules
Thanks, fixed.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on March 13, 2019, 01:40:15 PM
Today's blog is about being 63 (https://tinyurl.com/yxhtmar8).


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on March 18, 2019, 11:58:01 AM
My latest blog (https://tinyurl.com/y3lwn7k7) is about grammar. Well, usage. Enjoy. Lots to argue about, I have no doubt.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: StephenGiles on March 30, 2019, 04:20:19 PM

My latest blog (https://tinyurl.com/y3lwn7k7) is about grammar. Well, usage. Enjoy. Lots to argue about, I have no doubt.


Absolulely superb (discuss!!), please hold classes in Croydon (innit!!)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on April 02, 2019, 01:35:08 AM
Imagine childhood. (http://tinyurl.com/y5ku2t2p)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on April 02, 2019, 07:44:45 AM
You made me cry  :'(


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Jules Gray on April 02, 2019, 10:14:31 AM
And me.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on April 02, 2019, 02:10:10 PM

You made me cry  :'(
Sorry.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on April 05, 2019, 04:44:06 PM
This week's blog is about delegated vs. representative democracy (http://tinyurl.com/y2lc3ryf).

Not having done Politics as a formal subject, I may be incorrect in some details. Corrections appreciated.



Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on April 09, 2019, 02:07:36 PM
An extra blog today, on the concept of a Judas Goat (https://tinyurl.com/y27gwkt7)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Albie on April 09, 2019, 04:02:21 PM
What's this Brexit thing people have suddenly started talking about? Why hasn't there been something on the news about it?
It's apparently a big thing so why have the media ignored it? A conspiracy of silence is what it is!!!


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on May 04, 2019, 01:52:57 AM
Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/y3s92rjp) expresses my lack of empathy with people who tell me how to improve my life.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Shane (Skirky) on May 04, 2019, 11:19:31 AM

Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/y3s92rjp) expresses my lack of empathy with people who tell me how to improve my life.


Arf!  ;D


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Albie on May 06, 2019, 02:02:51 PM


Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/y3s92rjp) expresses my lack of empathy with people who tell me how to improve my life.


Arf!  ;D


On the other hand The Tolpuddle Martyrs, The Chartists, Suffragists, all those public health reformers who improved the water and air pollution and helped introduce legislation to deal with food adulteration, and all those people who have helped the rivers and beaches be much cleaner than they could have been, and those who fought to introduce the NHS, and Old Age Pensions, and universal state education, and vaccinations, and seat belt legislation. I'm sure they were all very irritating at times, why oh why didn't someone tell them to just f*** off.  :)



Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on May 26, 2019, 10:44:53 AM
Today's blog is about how far we have come in the last 60-odd years, with regard to pollution.

It's Not Easy Being Green (https://tinyurl.com/yycqpz7g)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Yorkshire Chris on May 29, 2019, 01:40:54 PM
Given your excellent piece on Boris I trust you'll join me in hoping this comes to fruition....!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48445430



Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on June 03, 2019, 12:03:48 PM
Some random stuff (https://tinyurl.com/y56hlecu) today. Cat scratches and tattoos.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on June 24, 2019, 11:10:37 AM
Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/yxrej55j) is about (in)directly electing Prime Ministers.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on June 27, 2019, 11:54:40 AM
Today's Blog (http://tinyurl.com/yxgmg95l) tells of a good Samaritan who helped me out last Sunday.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on July 26, 2019, 10:59:55 AM
All a bit political today (https://tinyurl.com/yxpykpyh)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on July 27, 2019, 09:26:56 PM

All a bit political today (https://tinyurl.com/yxpykpyh)


Spot on Andy, not forgetting also his 'best mate' across the pond!  ;)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on August 28, 2019, 11:41:08 AM
A few words on our Summer of five festivals (https://tinyurl.com/FiveFestivalSummer), today.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on August 29, 2019, 08:13:34 PM
Also today, memories of this time of year, returning to school etc (https://tinyurl.com/y6kco6ej), in the 1960s.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on August 29, 2019, 08:20:09 PM
That’s beautiful, Andy.

 I didn’t start High School until ‘79, but much of what you have written resonates anyway...especially the difference in feelings about Primary and Secondary.

Woolworths always seemed to play a big part...’(‘specially with those dreadful hanging signs proclaiming ‘Back to School’ just as we’d broken up.)

Oh and the house we just moved from in Powys still had the original Victorian windows so that sight of the fern-like fronds was still a thing for us!


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on August 29, 2019, 08:44:27 PM
Thanks!


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: delfini (Diane) on August 29, 2019, 11:17:33 PM
Oh I remember those frosted windows......for days on end at times. I remember scratching holes in the frost, breathing on it to melt a space and so on. I used to get dressed in bed sometimes, and I remember my hands shaking with the cold.

Thanks for reminding me of all this....oh and the slides we made on the ice at school, and the frozen milk, popping the green tops off the bottles, and then being placed by the furnace in the classroom so it melted. Yuk, yuk, yuk.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on September 16, 2019, 10:18:54 AM
Today's Blog (https://tinyurl.com/y4vb2n9l) reflects on the profound impact Ric Ocasek made upon me - and the world - when one of his band's songs (Drive) was married with a video of the dead and dying in Ethiopa by an unknown engineer at CBC and featured at Live Aid.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: RobertD on September 16, 2019, 02:34:53 PM
Very good Andy. The power of music to go so much more beyond fame and fortune is but one reason it means so much to me. It kind of makes me think that for every situation out there, for everyone going through a rough time that there is a song that seems written just for them and their own situation. I honestly forgot about this Live Aid moment but the memories came flooding back just now to that day.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on September 18, 2019, 10:10:07 AM
Today's Blog (https://tinyurl.com/y4wyjfhd) is a brief rant on those that weren't there, invoking the "Dunkirk Spirit".


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: DarrenWilliams on September 18, 2019, 11:08:24 AM

Today's Blog (https://tinyurl.com/y4wyjfhd) is a brief rant on those that weren't there, invoking the "Dunkirk Spirit".


I haven't read it yet but I agree :)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on October 23, 2019, 02:29:53 PM
Monday's blog was about the Aberfan disaster (https://tinyurl.com/y5nfal29).

Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/yxbgndyl) is about Culturally Sensitive Counselling.

All thoughts welcomed.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Jules Gray on October 24, 2019, 11:29:48 AM

Monday's blog was about the Aberfan disaster (https://tinyurl.com/y5nfal29).

Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/yxbgndyl) is about Culturally Sensitive Counselling.

All thoughts welcomed.


Well, I can only agree wholeheartedly with your views.  These are some of the biggest issues in the world today and there's no easy path to navigate.

Jules


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on November 10, 2019, 10:23:24 AM
Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/yj7xftd2) deals with politicians who glorify war, amongst other things.

...and a song (https://youtu.be/1u2ill7yOZo) from Show of Hands.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on November 11, 2019, 08:46:53 PM

Today's blog (https://tinyurl.com/yg3oo2tj) deals with politicians who glorify war, amongst other things.

...and a song (https://youtu.be/1u2ill7yOZo) from Show of Hands.


I get a URL ERROR Andy on the first link?  :-\


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on November 11, 2019, 11:42:48 PM
Sorry about that. Try this link (https://tinyurl.com/yj7xftd2).


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on November 12, 2019, 07:14:34 PM

Sorry about that. Try this link (https://tinyurl.com/yj7xftd2).


Thank you, that worked  ;)


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on November 17, 2019, 10:41:07 AM
Today's Blog (https://tinyurl.com/ubsqyca) is entitled "With great power comes great responsibility".

Read it and weep.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on November 17, 2019, 11:12:22 AM
I got sent to Jeremy Corbyn’s Facebook page via this link, have I missed something subtle?


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on November 17, 2019, 03:18:54 PM

I got sent to Jeremy Corbyn’s Facebook page via this link, have I missed something subtle?
Perhaps. What the link goes to is my blog, which then points to a video on Jeremy Corbyn's Facebook page.

But you should see a lot of my text first.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Lubiloo (Lorna) on November 17, 2019, 04:41:46 PM


I got sent to Jeremy Corbyn’s Facebook page via this link, have I missed something subtle?
Perhaps. What the link goes to is my blog, which then points to a video on Jeremy Corbyn's Facebook page.

But you should see a lot of my text first.


I just went straight to Jeremy Corbyn’s FB...will try again, I like to read your blogs.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on November 24, 2019, 11:17:05 AM
No Politics today.

Today's Blog (https://tinyurl.com/u43o48d) is about birding in my area. It's basically a photo album with commentary.


Title: Re: Andy's Blog
Post by: Andy on December 24, 2019, 10:44:54 PM
Today's Blog (https://tinyurl.com/t4gn3xb) talks of Christmas past.